Super Kings (SKI) will take on Southern Crusaders (SOC) in the third quarter-final of the ECS T10 Malta 2021 at the Marsa Sports Complex on Friday, June 25.

Led by Bikram Arora, SKI remained the only unbeaten team in the group stage, winning all their eight matches this campaign. With 16 points from eight fixtures, Super Kings finished at the top of the Group B standings.

SOC, on the other hand, have been inconsistent in the ongoing edition of the T10 tournament, registering three wins and suffering five losses. The Michael Goonetilleke-led side ended the group phase in the fourth spot in the Group A points table.

The pitch at this venue has been a sporting one and the average score is around 70. The toss-winning captain will look to chase considering the past results in the tournament.

SKI vs SOC Dream11 prediction

Super Kings have been the most dominant team in Malta cricket recently, finishing first and second in the domestic league for the past two seasons. However, they are making their ECS debut in this campaign. Meanwhile, South Crusaders lost to eventual champions Marsa in the semi-finals of ECS Malta last season. Going by current form, SKI will start as overwhelming favourites against SOC on Friday.

SKI vs SOC Dream11 tips for ECS T10 Malta

Top Tip: Best batsmen

Super Kings will bank on their middle-order batsman Sumair Khan to play a blitzkrieg innings in the ECS T10 Malta quarter-final. Khan has scored only 39 runs in four innings and he is due a big knock. 

For the Crusaders, captain Michael Goonetilleke will be the batsman to watch out for. The 36-year-old batsman made a 22-ball 33 in their last encounter against the American University of Malta to help his side secure a quarter-final berth. 

Top Tip: Best bowlers

In the bowling department, Ashok Bishnoi has been the destroyer-in-chief for Super Kings, picking 11 wickets in six matches at an economy of 5.30. He is expected to play an important role in the quarter-final on Friday.

Meanwhile, Jojo Thomas has been the leading wicket-taker for the Crusaders in ECS T10 Malta this season. Thomas has bagged 11 wickets in eight matches at an economy of 7.73. He is likely to spell trouble for the vaunted Super Kings batting line-up.

Top Tip: Best all-rounder and wicket-keeper

As far as all-rounders are concerned, picking Super Kings’ Varun Prasath in your fantasy cricket team is a no-brainer. The 37-year-old all-rounder has amassed 290 runs in eight innings, which is the most by any batsman in the T10 tournament. Prasath has also claimed six wickets at an economy of just 4.50.

For the wicket-keeper spot, Super Kings’ Affy Khan will be the preferred choice over Gopal Thakur due to his batting prowess. Affy Khan has aggregated 183 runs in eight innings as compared to Gopal Thakur amassing just 30 runs in five innings.

SKI vs SOC probable playing XI

SKI playing XI (probable): Gopal Chaturvedi, Bikram Arora (captain), Varun Prasath, Affy Khan (wicket-keeper), Ashok Bishnoi, Rency Jacob, Sandesh Khatri, Sumair Khan, Umair Saleem, Hasheem Shahzad, Amar Sharma 

SOC playing XI (probable): Ryan Bastiansz,  Zeshan Yousaf, Gopal Thakur (wicket-keeper), Angelo Delardon, Michael Goonetilleke (captain), Bilal Khan, Jojo Thomas, Ishantha Kariyawasam, Ezhaq Masih, Thilan Perera, Lakshitha Senevirathna 

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